Smudge-Proof, Long-Lasting Manicures through Shellac Nail Polish
Want a manicure that will last through your day-to-day activities? Tired of having chipped polish on your nails after a couple of days’ worth of chores? One of the best nail polish varieties you can use for long-lasting manicures is shellac nail polish. Shellac nail polish lets you enjoy a smudge-proof manicure that ensures your nails stay chip-free for at least two weeks.
This “manicure miracle” has been around for a few years, and its popularity hasn’t really waned. It’s still one of the most sought-after nail treatments in many salons today.
Shellac is basically a specially formulated nail polish that can be brushed on much like regular nail polish. Shellac was invented by a California-based company called Creative Nail Design or CND, who spent half a decade perfecting this nail polish.
Before shellac is applied, nails are prepped just like in a basic manicure. The difference is that the polish stays on your nails for weeks. It can last on your nails longer than that, but you’ll want to have a fresh manicure after 14 days just to make sure new growth doesn’t show at the bottom of your nails.
Shellac nail polish often called a hybrid gel nail polish, but many nail technicians and beauty experts say that shellac polish has some advantages over gel polish. Shellac nail polish is often easier on the nails, as no filing or sculpting is needed before shellac polish is applied; in gel manicures, the nails are often roughened or filed before gel polish is applied on top of the nails.
Compared to gel nail polish, the UV light exposure needed to cure shellac polish is also much shorter; you’ll need to put your hands under the UBV lamp for only ten seconds after the base coat is applied. Exposure to EV light is also needed between every coat of color and the top coat, but only two minutes of exposure is needed for the shellac polish to set.
Shellac nail polish is easier and faster, too; after the top coat sets, you’ll only need a quick shine with a soft cloth and some alcohol before you’re ready to go.
Unfortunately, shellac nail polish isn’t for everyone. Your natural nails and nail beds must be healthy. If they’re damaged from using acrylics or from gel manicures or if they’re peeling, beauty experts say that you should talk to a licensed, trained nail care professional. You won’t be able to do a shellac manicure on your own either, as CND sells shellac nail polish only to licensed professionals.
So if you see shellac nail polishes or the special UV lamps being sold online, you’ll know to stay away because these products are counterfeit. Your best bet to getting a proper shellac manicure is to go to a reputable nail salon in your area. These days, a shellac manicure costs quite a bit more than regular manicures because original CND shellac is more expensive than regular nail polish.
There’s also a specific process for removing shellac nail polish. The process involves wrapping techniques using strong acetone. These wrapping techniques allow nail technicians to isolate the chemical to the nail color and make it easier to remove the polish from the nails. Other methods involving acetone-soaked cotton balls and aluminum foil is not approved nor recommended by CND, who cautions that improper removal of shellac nail polish can damage your nails and nail beds.
According to CND, any chipping, peeling, or nail damage may be caused by improper application of the shellac polish by untrained nail technicians. The specific instructions or application or removal might not have been strictly followed, too. In some cases, CND’s shellac polish was reportedly used when, in truth, a copycat nail polish had been applied.
Concerns about UV exposure have also been addressed by CND. The company insists that it uses only low-watt UV bulbs that filter out most of the damaging rays. CND’s special UV lamps have reportedly been scientifically tested to ensure the utmost safety for people who want to get shellac manicures.
Many companies have released their own versions of shellac nail polish, but the original manufacturer maintains that “no one will be able to duplicate Shellac’s patent-pending UV3 technology or guarantee the same flawless wear and gentle removal.”